#oggstreamer – OggStreamer Distribution

SONY DSC

We produced a limited number of devices and are now able to distribute those devices. If you are a developer working on related projects or want one device for your Medialab, Hackerspace, School, University or Radiostation.

Don’t hesitate to contact us (georg <at> otelo.or.at)

#oggstreamer – Firmware Release Candidate 3 – released ;)

it has been a while since there was an official Firmware Update for the OggStreamer – now it is time to release RC3 (maybe the last Release Candidate before V1.0)

Whats new:

  • Working WebGUI-Firmware upload (until RC3 you had to use the Command Line Tools)
  • Support for MP3 completed
  • Patches for AudioDSP are now working (fixes high pitch mp3 issues, and incorrect samplerates)
  • Support for DynDNS – Services like FreeDNS, DynDNS and many more
  • Support for the ShoutCast (ICY) and legacy IceCast1 Protocol
  • Cleaner Code for WebGUI – now using libcgi to be compliant to GPL

Where to get it:

The upload_firmware.sh script and the update-rc3.tgz can be found in the repositories if you want to update from a UNIX like environment

For windows download the updater tool here

Once you installed RC3 on your OggStreamer future updates can be done via the WebGUI ;)

#oggstreamer – Talk about the OggStreamer and OpenHardware @ MediaLab Prado

I had the chance to present the OggStreamer at Medialab Prado and I was also talking about some random thoughts about OpenHardware and the Open Technology Laboratory in Austria http://otelo.or.at

medialabprado-oggstreamer(click on the image to get to the video)

Many thanks to the people at MediaLab who made this talk possible ;)

#oggstreamer – NetIdee 2012 Report

For the last year the OggStreamer-Project was generously supported by the “NetIdee“- Program from the Internet Foundation Austria.

This Support allowed us to push the Software of this Project to “Release Candidate 1″-Status, Release a OggStreamer-SDK and also made it possible to produce a small-series of 54 Devices.

If you are doing OpenSource / PublicDomain / OpenSourceHardware Projects which are related to the Internet and Austria, the NetIdee Project might be a way to obtain some funding – (Their yearly Calls end usually in August)

Thanks a lot NetIdee!

The final report for the OggStreamer/NetIdee Project can be downloaded here (it is in German only).

#oggstreamer – Batch Assembling 40pcs.(3) – Frontpanel assembly

For the OggStreamer frontpanel I needed to come up with a solution to produce light-guides that direct the light from the VU-Meter, Power and On-Air LEDs. The first Idea was to use a 3D Printer and print this light-guides out of transparent PLA. But after trying to imaging how the light-guides would look like, I gave up on this Idea and developed a different process for this. Now I am using the transparent properties of Hot-Glue to act as light-guide and glue the LED-PCB in Place at the same time. The transparent Hot-Glue fills all the space of the CNC-punched holes in the aluminum front-panel. In order to produce a smooth surface I am using a glass plate.

Step 1: You will have to apply a lubricant on the glass plate to form a thin oily film so that the Hot-Glue doesn’t stick to good on the glass – which would make separating the completed assemble from the glass a pain in the a**.  (Notice the broken glass plate from our attempts without lubricant!!) WARNING: You are using a glass plate, which can break and have sharp edges. So be careful and don’t apply excessive force – If your assembly got stuck on the glass plate you can use a Hot-Air-Gun to separate it, clean it and repeat the process.
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Step 2: Evenly spread the lubricant – don’t wipe it of the plate, but try to produce a tiny but consistent film on the glass plate, without producing droplets.
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Step 3: Fix the aluminum front-panel  with office clips to the glass plate – adjust the office clips in a way so that they will help you aligning the LED-PCB.
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Step 4: Wait till your Hot-Glue Gun has reached steady temperature and begin applying the Hot-Glue just over the holes of Power and OnAir LED. Remember to do this and the following steps quickly, because you only have a limited time windows to apply the LED-PCB proper.
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Step 5: Do the same for the VU-Meter holes.
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Step 6: Once all glue is applied gently push in the LED-PCB – So that the still liquid Hot-Glue is pushed towards the glass plate.
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Step 7: The Hot-Glue is still liquid for a few seconds, you can use the time to turn around the glass plate to see if the LED-PCB is properly aligned and if needed adjust its position.
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Step 8: Let the assembly cool down – if you are producing more then one unit, you can use this time to prepare the next one.
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Step 9: Remove the cooled down assembly gently – you shouldn’t need to much force – as the applied lubricant forms a layer between the HotGlue and the glass.  In any case be careful – you are handeling a glass plate which has the chance to break – The glass plate you see in the picture broke because we were trying to seperate the assembly from the glass plate using a screw driver.
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Step 10: Now you can start installing the push button and the potentiometer – We start with the push button first. Take care not to forget about the elastics ring that comes with the push button.
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Step 11: Insert the push button from the TOP side.
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Step 12: Mount the Pushbutton with plastic Nut – the force of your fingers is enough to mount the plastic nut securly in place
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Step 13: Insert the Potentiometer-PCB from the BOTTOM side.
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Step 14: Place the washer and the Nut for the Potentiometer from the TOP Side. And gently fix it with the flat wrench.
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Step 15: Press the prepared Potentiometer Knob on the the Potentiometer – You might need to use a drill (6mm) to prepare the Knob. Only push the Knob with gentle force.
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Step 16: Use the corner of a Table (or something similar) to support the Potentiometer from the backside and apply a bit more force so that the Potentiometer Knob is securely mounted to the Potentiometer.
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Step 17: Glue the cable of the push button according to the picture. (optional)
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The final result:
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Although this process works very well – you need to take into account that gluing the PCB in Place makes it a bit harder to repair or replace. You will need to use a Hot Air-Gun to separate the aluminum front-panel from the LED-PCB, further you will need a little patience to remove the glue residue. But it is definitvly doable.

#oggstreamer – PCB Design Files converted to KiCAD

We proudly announce our KiCad Conversion of the original PCAD2006 Design.

You can download it from the repo here

Note: This version was tested with KiCAD (BZR4213 GOST) – The currently available Windows-Installer from kicad-pcb.org ( KiCad_stable-2013.07.07-BZR4022_Win_full_version.exe ) is known to make Problems parsing the PCB File (Schematics works fine though).

#oggstreamer – Release of OggStreamerSDK-RC1

here is the release of the OggStreamerSDK-RC1 – for the first time we are able to have a whole integrated SDK which supplies all the Files / Applications needed for the complete OggStreamer Firmware.

If you want to experiment yourself I put together the info on the Wiki:

OggStremaer SDK RC1

Note it is RC1 and still has a number of flaws, please have a look at our ticketsystem:

RC1 Flaws Tickets

happy OggStreamer – hacking ;)